Author archives: Lauren Parker

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
  • Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

  • Last year when my sister got married, my mom had us write her our favorite thing about being married for her so that she could send my sister the responses on the days leading up to her wedding. The combination of being extra emotional (pregnant), and having ALL of our major life events happen lit[...]
Avocado Chickpea Sandwich
  • Avocado Chickpea Sandwich

  •   If the me from years ago could only see me now, I'd be hard to recognize, she'd likely raise her brow. My youth covered by lines collected along the way, Choices have molded someone new, the someone she sees today. She would weep over the lost plans she always held so dear. [...]
  • Strawberry Pineapple Popsicles

  • This post was written a bit over a year ago. It never got posted because of that whole identity theft/catfishing incident... BUT since it's still hot like summer here and this is still our favorite popsicle recipe--oh and grandpa is still Dru's BFF, here it is! How is summer already over?! Someth[...]
Pulled Sweet Potato Sandwiches
  • Pulled Sweet Potato Sandwiches

  • I've been having a difficult time deciding how I can tie my recipes into the things I want to write about. It's hard to find a way to say that this, this and this is happening... and ta-da a recipe! Then I realized this is my blog, and people can read or not read, and the truth is I really need an o[...]
Chickpea Pitas
  • Chickpea Pitas

  • After hearing about our kids' diet, people are always asking me, "what do they eat??" What this question is really getting at is what the day-to-day meals are that my toddler will actually eat? When mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, and scrambled eggs are off the table, how do you survive?! Our numbe[...]
  • Freshly Picked

  • Dru and Estella are at a high risk for a developmental delay because of their organic acidemia. Dru worked with an occupational therapist every single week for three years to make sure he was staying on track. When he was born the neonatologists told us there was a chance Dru would be non-verbal and[...]
Meatless Fajitas
  • Meatless Fajitas

  • We hit our family deductible 7 days into our new insurance plan. We have medical bills galore. Rare disease means our kids are seen twice as often by each of their doctors. Each doctor requires their own labs drawn, and diagnostic tests run. For a time, after he turned one, Dru was on a special form[...]
Everyday Green Drink
  • Everyday Green Drink

  • It's been a crazy month, a crazy year really. In the month of May, we bought our first house, had our second baby, and moved across the country to Tennessee. In June we tried to find our way back into a routine and establish some sort of normalcy after all of the chaos of May. We didn't exactly fa[...]
Birth: Take 2
  • Birth: Take 2

  • Oh my friend, I just want to pull you close and tell you everything. I’ve loved and appreciated every single one of your texts, comments, calls, and messages, but I have been awful at responding. I want to hug each of you and tell you how much your support has meant to our family, but things have be[...]
  • Carrot "Hotdog"

  • The other day we had a fly in our house. It was nice outside and the door was left open most of the day. Before I dive into the impact this fly had on our family, I should mention a couple things. First, my husband David loves anything creepy and crawly... That's probably why he likes me so much. Ha[...]
  • Feel-Good Muffins

  • Dru and I have been traveling a lot this summer. David has had a ridiculous study schedule so it's just the two of us having the summer of a lifetime! He sleeps in my bed, which doesn't normally happen at home. I had forgotten how bonding that is since he hasn't slept with me since he was a baby. Th[...]
In These Shoes
  • In These Shoes

  • Before Dru was born, I shopped and shopped for the best, cutest, softest, sweetest, safest possible baby products—and I loved every second. The carseat alone took me weeks because I read thousands of reviews before finalizing my decision. During the months before Dru was born I also got Freshly Pick[...]